How to Fix Slow Linebackers

One positional mistake that can tank your defense is a slow linebacker.

And I’m not just talking about speed, but a slow reacting linebacker.

The key to fixing that is getting your linebacker comfortable with his keys.

Now, two coaches can run the same scheme with identical techniques and still differ radically with their keys. Half the country reads backs and the other half read linemen.

What I do not believe can happen is to have your LBs read both.

“See a little, see a lot. See a lot, see nothing.”

In other words, when an LB looks at the big picture, he cannot move decisively to the ball.

If he trusts his limited, but true key, then he can increase the speed of his play and get himself in a position to make plays.

Here are how we have taught keys in the past:

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